NORMAL, Ill. — Rivian Automotive's modern factory in Central Illinois could pump out far more R1T pickups, R1S SUVs and Amazon delivery vans except for the shortage of a few key parts. But its slow-motion production ramp doesn't threaten the EV startup's bright future, CEO RJ Scaringe told Automotive News.
"There's 168 hours in a week," Scaringe said in an interview at the factory last week. "We're using a very small fraction of those hours [for production]. So that's by far our biggest focus as an organization — getting as many parts as we possibly can so we can be building more vehicles."
Rivan estimates it will make about 25,000 vehicles this year, about half what it could produce with adequate parts supply. At full ramp, the factory has the capacity to build 150,000 vehicles a year.